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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear beneficiary," (this SPAM email was probably sent to thousands of people)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "AWARD" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 01:04:42 +0200
Subject: Contact Rev Jerry Douglas
FROM UNITED NATIONS, we wish to notify you as a beneficiary of $7.5million
USD in compensation from International Monetary Fund (IMF) European
cooperate Office have received all the overdue outstanding payments owed to
the following: firms, contractors, inheritance, next of kin ,Super
Hurricane sandy and lottery beneficiaries that was originated from Africa,
Europe, Americans, Asia including Middle East. Among the list are
individuals and companies that their unpaid funds have been located to our
authorized official paying bank,
Your E-mail appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a payment of
$7.5million USD and has been approved already as concluded by the (IMF)
Chapter and United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) based on the
agreement reached by the European Union and the United Nations Policy Maker
Unit under IMF payment constitution and the World Economic Development Forum
Annual Meeting held in LONDON to erase debt owed by African banks ,
other several international banks world wide as it has been backed by one of
the main international lenders IMF (International Monetary Fund) and
United Nations Compensation Commission(UNCC)through Debt Relief and
This effort is to help tackle world financial crisis which resulted in
global rescission's in the entire world financial system since the European
Economic have a great remarks in growth statistics shows.You are requested
to get back to this office for verification and immediate
approval of your fund release.
Your full name
Your current postal address
Total amount expecting: $7 5million USD
Photocopy of your Identification proof
This development is as result of the effort made by United Nations
Compensation Commission (UNCC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
European Central Bank / the European Council to this relief and any
negligence and undermining of this message may result confiscation of your
awaiting Outstanding Fund .We are directed to compensate you as it is
stipulated in Section B act 4 of United Nations Compensation
Commission(UNCC) guide lines and regulations of (08/04/20014).Note that you
can also visit this link (http://www.un.org/press/en/2005/ik486.doc.htm) .
Yours in service,
REV JERRY DOUGLAS
UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMISSION (UNCC).
Contact Phone; +229 9870 1061